Several people, including those who are holding green cards and valid visas, have reportedly been blocked from boarding flights to the United States and some others detained at America’s airports, just hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry of nationals from certain Islamic countries.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive on Friday, ordering the Customs and Border Protection to enforce Trump’s executive order, which bars all persons from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days.
The order also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until the president determines they have been sufficiently changed.
Since it took effect on Friday, the order has sparked legal limbo for those who already were on their way to the US. According to several reports, green card holders — legal permanent residents of the US — were also among those who have been prevented from getting on flights. This is while, green cards are not specifically mentioned in the executive order.
Thus, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) called on Iranian green-card holders “not [to] leave the US until further clarity is achieved.”
Several Iraqi passengers and a Yemeni national, who had valid visas for the US, were blocked from boarding a flight at Egypt’s Cairo airport bound for New York on Saturday, The Guardian cited airport officials.
At least two Iraqis were detained after flying in to New York’s JFK airport on Friday night. Their lawyers filed a lawsuit against the measure on Saturday, demanding their clients be released, The New York Times reported.
One of the Iraqis, named as Hameed Khalid Darweesh, is said to have worked on behalf of the US government in Iraq for 10 years and the second detained Iraqi, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was reportedly traveling to New York to join his wife and young son.
Meanwhile; Google recalled its traveling employees, who may be affected by the order, to return to the US immediately. The tech company’s Chief executive officer Sundar Pichai expressed concern about the new order, saying even though they have valid visas, they would be blocked from returning to the US.
He denounced Trump’s order, saying “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Bloomberg reported. According to him, 100 of Google employees were affected by the order.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also slammed Trump and condemned his bans on refugees. “The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.”
Trump, however, has given Homeland Security 60 days to begin providing him with the names of other countries to add to the list.
A Muslim is someone who follows or practises Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran (Koran), their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. They also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad (sunnah ) as recorded in traditional accounts (hadith). “Muslim” is an Arabic word meaning “one who submits (to God)”.
The beliefs of Muslims include: that God (Arabic: الله Allāh) is eternal, transcendent and absolutely one (tawhid or monotheism); that God is incomparable, self-sustaining and neither begets nor was begotten; that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that has been revealed before through many prophets including Abraham, Moses, Ishmael and Jesus;that these previous messages and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted over time (tahrif) and that the Qur’an is the final unaltered revelation from God (The Final Testament).
The religious practices of Muslims are enumerated in the Five Pillars of Islam: the declaration of faith (shahadah), daily prayers (salat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm), almsgiving (zakat), and the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime.
There are customs stating that anyone above the age of fifteen who possesses the faculties of rationality, logic or sanity, but misses numerous successive Friday prayers (jumu’ah) without a valid excuse, no longer qualifies as a Muslim.
Most Muslims will accept anyone who has publicly pronounced Shahadah as a Muslim. The shahadah states:
There is no god but the God (Allah) and Muhammad is the last messenger of the God.
The testimony authorized by God in the Quran can found in Surah 3:18 states.
“There is no god except God”, which in Arabic (La Elaha Ella Allah), is the exact testimony which God Himself utters, also the angels and those who possess knowledge utter.